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The Sojourn and Slavery in Egypt

Trip to Punt, 1460 BCE
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Trip to Punt, 1460 BCE

 The Land of Punt was a fabled land in the Horn of Africa said to possess great treasures- gold, aromatic resins, African blackwood, ebony, ivory, slaves and wild animals. Ancient Egyptians carried out a number of expeditions to Punt. The most famous expedition was conducted during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut to obtain myrrh. A […]

Statue of Khnum
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Statue of Khnum

Khnum was regarded as god of creation and guardian of the Nile’s sources at Elephantine. The lands beyond the First Cataract were unknown at the time, and the First Cataract was regarded as the source of the Nile. Khnum was in general considered the lord of water, including the Nile and its inundations. According to […]

Letter from Yapahu, 14th century BCE
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Letter from Yapahu, 14th century BCE

Yapahu was ruler of the city of Gazru-(modern Gezer) and the author of five of the Amarna Letters. One of his letters, EA 299, “A plea for help,” is a request for help from attaks by a people called the ‘Apiru or Habiru. This was the name given by various Sumerian, Egyptian, Akkadian, Hittite, Mitanni, […]

Offering to the Aten, c. 1345 BCE
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Offering to the Aten, c. 1345 BCE

Akhenaten, Nefertiti and two daughters offering to the Aten from El-Amarna The sun disc, the Aten, was the only deity at the center of the new religion of King Akhenaten. The simplicity of its form caused some difficulties for the artists whose task was to create the new religion’s images but they solved the problem […]

Wall Painting on Plaster, c. 1425 BCE
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Wall Painting on Plaster, c. 1425 BCE

Nubians bringing tribute, and banquet scenes with female musicians and a servant girl, in the tomb of vizier Rekhmire at Sheikh Abd el-Qurna (the west bank at Thebes). Malek, Jaromir, Egypt; 4000 years of Art. London- Phaidon Press, 2003.

Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten) Kissing His Daughter, 1352-1336 BCE
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Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten) Kissing His Daughter, 1352-1336 BCE

Father of Tutankhamen   Not long after Amenhotep III died, in 1353 B.C., masons entered his mortuary temple and methodically chiseled out every mention of Amun, the god said to have fathered the great pharaoh. Astonishingly, the order to commit this blasphemy came from the king’s own son. Crowned Amenhotep IV, he changed his name […]

Head of Amenhotep III, c. 1350 BCE
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Head of Amenhotep III, c. 1350 BCE

This head, originally part of a larger statue, was found in the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III in Thebes, Egypt. Amenhotep III reigned from c. 1390 – c. 1352 BCE. He is shown wearing a red crown, the symbol of Lower Egypt. The British Museum See also- BBC Historic Figures- Amenhotep III (c.1391 – c.1354 […]

Descent to Egypt
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Descent to Egypt

Joseph Is Sold by His Brothers, Rembrandt (1606-1669). Genesis 37-50 describes the journey and settlement in Egypt of Jacob and his children. Joseph sold by his brothers When the Midianite traders passed by, they pulled Joseph up out of the pit. They sold Joseph for twenty pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites, who brought Joseph […]

Woman Playing the Lute, c. 1400 BCE
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Woman Playing the Lute, c. 1400 BCE

Woman Playing the Lute From the Theban area Pottery, h. 21.5 cm, 8 ½ in. British Museum, London Small troupes of female musicians and dancers were all the rage at banquets during the 18th dynasty. They appear in wall paintings and reliefs in a number of tombs, especially at Thebes, but also at Memphis. The […]

The Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, 1460 BCE
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The Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, 1460 BCE

Although modern settings of many Egyptian temples are very picturesque it is unlikely that landscape played an important part in the architect’s plans. The temple was deliberately separated from its surroundings by enclosure walls and proected from any possible encroachment by the forces of evil and chaos from outside by a pylon, a massive front […]